DALLAS — Evidence from the Branch Davidian siege suggests the FBI fired more pyrotechnic tear gas rounds into the compound than the agency previously admitted, government investigators said in Sunday's Dallas Morning News.
Crime scene records, videos and photographs call into question where, when and how many rounds were fired by the FBI's hostage rescue team, or HRT, at the end of the siege in 1993, investigators told the paper. The paper did not name any of the investigators or the agencies for whom they work.
"With all that we are seeing, it seems quite probable that the HRT fired more pyrotechnic rounds than they've ever 'fessed up to," said an investigator. "You have to remember: They were running out of tear gas that day."
The FBI and Atty. Gen. Janet Reno maintain that Davidians deliberately set the fire that raced through the compound. They have said pyrotechnic tear gas canisters were fired hours before the fire began, bounced off the roof of a bunker and rolled harmlessly into a field.